40 Low-Maintenance Medium-Length Haircuts For On-the-Go Women

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: April 10, 2024

Not everyone who wants a low-maintenance haircut wants to completely chop off their tresses. So what’s a gal to do?

Don’t worry, queen. Low maintenance does not automatically equate to ultra-short haircuts and styles. In fact, there are so many medium-length haircuts that will fit your need for an easy-to-maintain style. Here are the top 40 low-maintenance, medium-length haircuts for on-the-go women.

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If you want to spruce up your light brown hair with some color but don’t want the maintenance of highlights, you’ll appreciate balayage. Soft balayage adds a pinch of light blonde in all the right places, ensuring a natural appearance that’s easy to maintain. Waves only add to the beauty!

#2. Natural Curls with Side-Swept Bangs

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Natural curls are stunning, but they can be problematic. Yet, a medium-length haircut like this will do two things. One, it will make your curls much easier to maintain, and second, it will cause them to bounce like never before. What more could you want? Tack on side-swept bangs for a bit of romance.

#3. Ombre-Layered Lob

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A layered lob is precisely what every fine or thin-haired gal needs in their life. This haircut will immediately create volume and flare. And if you’re looking for exciting color contrast that’s surprisingly low-maintenance, look no further than a vibrant ombre blend.

#4. Straight Cut with Chunky Highlights

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Sure, chunky highlights are slightly more maintenance-heavy compared to other hair coloring techniques, but it’s worth the extra trip to the salon. The straight cut ensures that the rest of your look is entirely easy to maintain.

#5. Center-Parted Relaxed Beach Waves

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When you want to achieve the epitome of low-maintenance, carefree, and easy, it doesn’t get any better than relaxed beach waves! Loose beach waves have that relaxed vibe that you can’t deny. The center part only adds to the overall trendiness of this look.

#6. Angled Bob with Loose Curls

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Trying to fashion tight ringlets into your medium-length haircut can be challenging. Let’s keep things on the low-maintenance side of things by going for loose curls instead. They’re easier to create and manage while having a feminine edge you’ll adore.

#7. Voluminous A-Line Cut

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Do you need some volume in your mane? Don’t panic – lots of girls do, and it doesn’t mean you have to go with a high-maintenance look. This a-line cut is easy to manage yet makes a powerful difference in the volume department.

#8. Grungy Medium Chop

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If you’re finally ready to unleash your inner punk rocker, you can still wear a maintenance-free cut. This grungy medium-chop has a unique physique prepared for the mosh pit. Just a little hairspray will do the trick.

#9. Brunette Straight Lob with Caramel Streaks

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For those with darker brown hair, caramel streaks are an excellent choice. The color is bright enough to create depth throughout your mane, but the subtle sprinkling ensures you won’t end up sitting in a salon chair every few weeks.

#10. Two-Toned Mid-Length Waves

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Did someone say color? A two-toned color choice is as low maintenance as it gets. Because the “fake” color is only applied to the ends, you don’t have to worry about any of your natural roots peeking through – the entire top of your head is your natural shade! It’s such a fun way to spice things up.

#11. Reverse Layered Bob

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Reverse-layered bobs add so much playful texture and depth, which is essential for gals who don’t have very thick hair. Yet, this medium-length cut makes it so easy to style and enjoy. A hairdryer and round brush bring this look to life instantly.

#12. Wispy Feathered Lob

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A wispy feathered lob is exceptionally versatile and low-maintenance, making it one of the best choices for those seeking a medium-length haircut they don’t have to fuss with. Wispy, feathered ends provide movement for thin hair while also getting rid of extra bulk for thick hair.

#13. Unstructured Wavy Layers

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Structure = high maintenance; there’s no doubt about it. So what can you do instead? Opt for unstructured layers that don’t need to be kept up. Enjoy the dimension and movement without the endless trips to the stylist!

#14. Loose S-Waves with Asymmetrical Ends

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If you need to quickly give your medium-length haircut a flirty and feminine makeover, reach for your larger-barreled curling iron and make some loose S-waves in your tresses. It’s not as tricky as you’d think – and it always looks fantastic.

#15. Glossy Chocolate Swirls

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Although these glossy chocolate swirls exude maximum elegance and luxury, they’re not super hard to take care of. As long as you use products to keep your hair moisturized and shiny, you can enjoy this flawless brunette ‘do.

#16. Feathered Mid-Length Hair with Baby Bangs

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Feathered mid-length haircuts are pretty popular, but they tend to lack character. Consider a set of baby bangs if you’re seeking a low-maintenance way to add some personality to your feathered mid-length cut.

#17. Boho Chic Messy Waves

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Like beach waves, another hairstyle that’s riddled with carefree vibes is none other than boho chic messy waves. These lovely waves don’t just look effortless – they are effortless. That said, it’s a great way to sport a low-maintenance, medium-length cut.

#18. Medium Chop with Straight Bangs

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Straight bangs are an excellent choice for those who want to add more drama to their ‘do without doing anything very high-maintenance. Straight bangs have a voguish quality to them that will immediately zhuzh up your medium chop.

#19. Sunkissed Straight Middle-Parted Lob

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Who knew a hairstyle so simple and so low-maintenance could be so stunning? From the color to the cut to the middle part, this hairstyle is easily one of our favorites. Enjoy this classic style you can easily wear year-round!

#20. Blunt Cut with Wispy Layers

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Blunt cuts are undeniably chic, but they’re lacking that carefree attitude. Add a little bit of effortlessness to your look by tossing in some wispy layers. They’re flirty, fun, and super simple to maintain.

#21. Classic Shoulder-Length Bob

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Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the classics – just like this hairstyle. This brunette shoulder-length bob never goes out of style, so you can confidently wear it wherever you go. The best part is that it exudes so much sophistication, yet it’s one of the most effortless looks to maintain.

#22. Slightly Stacked Lob

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Does your lob need an upgrade? A slight stack is all you need to reinvent your lob. Not only will it add some desirable dimension, but it will also work to create some more volume – which may be necessary if your hair is on the thin side.

#23. Honey-Dipped Curls

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Making your curls the star of the show doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s as easy as dipping your brunette ringlets into a honey shade. Leave your darker strands at the root so you don’t have to get your hair done so often, keeping things low maintenance.

#24. Shaggy Layers with Invisible Layers

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The shaggy cut is one of 2024’s hottest trends – and it’s time to jump on board! Because shaggy cuts are all about the layers, you won’t have to worry about your locks lacking flare and body. And although this cut may appear high-maintenance, it couldn’t be more effortless.

#25. Bedhead Chic with Subtle Highlights

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Low-maintenance doesn’t just have to be easy to maintain; it can appear laidback and casual, too, which is the case of this bedhead chic ‘do. The texturing is playful and effortless, and the subtle highlights add striking color without needing to be re-done regularly.

#26. Voluminous Mid-Length Layers

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Mid-length layers can be left to their own devices – i.e., they can be left straight or curly, whatever your natural hair texture is. But why not do a bit of styling? Volumizing your layers is a cinch when you blowdry using a round brush. Don’t forget the hairspray.

#27. Undercut Shoulder-Length Chop

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Some women may refrain from going with an “edgy” haircut, fearing it’ll be challenging to maintain. Think again. By simply adding an undercut to your shoulder-length chop, you give your aesthetic a fierce makeover that is simple to maintain.

#28. High-Volume Collarbone-Length Curls

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Curly-haired gals, it’s time to make the most of your hair’s texture and volume. Enter: the collarbone-length cut! This strategic haircut will ensure your curls get the five-star treatment, all while being easy to maintain.

#29. Straight and Glossy Mid-Length Hair

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A straight and glossy mid-length haircut will provide you with three things. For one, it immediately creates a high-end look that is always in style. Secondly, it frames the face beautifully to put your facial features on full display. Finally, it’s super low maintenance. What more could you want?

#30. Inverted Long Bob with Highlights

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Long bobs are great for low-maintenance looks, but if you want to add some pizazz to this “typical” haircut, here are two easy-to-maintain ways to do it. First, go with an inverted cut that’s exciting and fun. Then, throw in some subtle highlights. Enjoy your flawless style!

#31. Medium-Length Cut with Blunt Ends

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Any woman seeking a haircut that will immediately create the illusion of more density will appreciate this style – and it’s low-maintenance, too! Keep your locks one color and use a straightener, if necessary, to recreate this timeless and cute look.

#32. Flowy Mid-Length Middle Part

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Upcoming event where you want to look your best? There’s no need to break out the tutorials. Flowy waves like these are a cinch to create at home using hot tools or another method. Go with a middle part to stay on-trend.

#33. Curly Medium-Length Bob with Money Piece

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This is definitely one of the more fashion-forward options on this list, but it’s still shockingly easy to maintain! Add some charming curls to your medium-length bob. If you really want to zhuzh things up, a money piece is an excellent way to add some vibrancy.

#34. Layered Shoulder-Length Haircut for Women

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Practical yet stylish, the layered shoulder-length haircut can be worn by any woman with any hair texture. Whether you have naturally straight hair or curly ringlets, don’t be afraid to chop your tresses and enjoy this everyday look!

#35. Tousled and Textured Beach Waves

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As we’ve mentioned already, beach waves are effortless to create and have a laid-back vibe you’ll love. However, if you don’t want to blend in with the “sea” of beach waves (pun intended), go ahead and tousle your locks up a bit.

#36. Angled Medium-Length Cut with Side Bangs

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One quick and easy way to take your medium-length cut from “boring” and “typical” to exciting and lively is to add more angles and a fresh set of bangs. We love the angled look paired with side bangs, a blend that’s funky and cute.

#37. Sleek Mid-Length Ponytail

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A ponytail such as this can easily be worn day to night, making it a versatile option that’s also easy to achieve. Some sleeking hair products and teasing at the crown is exactly what you’ll need to get there.

#38. Messy Shoulder-Length Chop with Layers

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Women who love the “undone” look will enjoy this haircut! Start with a shoulder-length chop riddled with layers of all lengths and sizes. Then, tousle things up with your hands and some texturizing product.

#39. Easy-Going Wavy Mid-Length Hair

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Although this look is definitely easygoing, it appears to be anything but. These waves have an err of elegance that you can easily wear to a high-end event if dressed appropriately. Yet, they’re laid-back enough for a casual night out with the gals.

#40. Asymmetrical Shoulder-Length Bob

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Give your shoulder-length bob some feisty attitude by going with an asymmetrical cut. The asymmetry of the hair will ensure you look as fashionable as ever without all of the pesky maintenance of other fashion-forward options.

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